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Monday, December 31, 2007

Bush’s last day

Posted by SPN on 12/31 at 03:28 PM in BloggingJustice / InjusticeReligion / SpritualityPoliticsCelebrityInternationalNewsPersonal
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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Hanging noose found at Columbia University

This is for those of you with innocent souls that continue to deny that racism is alive and well in the US.

Columbia University planned a town hall meeting Wednesday for faculty and students to discuss the discovery of a hangman’s noose on a black professor’s office door, an incident which the university’s president described as an assault on the entire university.

Police are investigating the incident, which was discovered Tuesday night, as a hate crime. The noose, an echo of other recent incidents involving the symbol reviled by many for its association with the lynchings of the Old South, was hung up on the door of a professor at the university’s Teacher’s College.

“This is an assault on African Americans and therefore it is an assault on every one of us. I know I speak on behalf of every member of our communities in condemning this horrible action,” Columbia President Lee Bollinger said Tuesday.

Columbia did not immediately say which professor was targeted, but she was identified in the local media as Madonna Constantine, a professor of psychology and education and author of a book entitled “Addressing Racism: Facilitating Cultural Competence in Mental Health and Educational Settings.”

Posted by SPN on 10/10 at 11:05 AM in BloggingJustice / InjusticePersonalRacism / PrejudiceThis is just stupid!
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Thursday, October 04, 2007

Chandra Leigh Brown says, “Everyday Is A Celebration!”

Read the full story and view the pictures at

That is what I do EVERYDAY I wake up—I celebrate!  On May 3, 2002, I was in a horrible car accident.  While driving alone, I was struck by a hit-and-run driver.  The impact was so hard that I was ejected from the passenger’s window and flown airborne over 50 feet.  While on life support for nearly a month, doctors instructed my family that I would NEVER have use of my right arm.  I was told that my right arm saved my life because I used it to break the impact from the fall.  I tell you, “God Is Good!” About two years ago, the pin was removed (see photo holding pin).  Today, my arm is completely healed.  On occasion, I engage in a game of basketball and will soon shoot a game of pool.  Both are my special vices.

Although my life has been spared, it has forever been changed.  You see, I am a 38 year old African-American woman living with a brain injury.  Things that were once second nature have become challenging.  Particularly in the area of employment.  I have over five years of college education (I changed my major a couple of times).  I was in the Who’s Who of America’s High School Students.  I was very active in African-American social and civic organizations.  I exhibit both a leadership and entrepreneurial spirit.  Before my accident, I had planned on becoming a forensic pathologist.  However, today, I now stutter when I get excited, my attention span is not as strong and processing information takes more time than before.  Despite all of these new challenges, my health is better than most and my spirit has not been broken.

I have had many people help me through my recovery.  My best friend Annetter (who is now deceased-breast cancer), visited me everyday when I was on life support.  I was told that she would pray and not engage in talk with others during her entire visit.  Some family and many friends were instrumental in my recovery.  Particularly, my doctors and my partner, Janet.  Janet encouraged me to keep a daily journal.  This journal along with the encouragement of friends has been instrumental in me writing my autobiography.  In 2006, I was named The International Chairperson for Disabled Individuals for the Oprah Winfrey for Nobel Peace Prize Movement.  I will continue to fight for Oprah to win such a deserving award.

Posted by SPN on 10/04 at 08:48 AM in BloggingPersonal
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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Squatters no more

Die-hard camping, road-tripping and concert-going women have long hoped for an invention that would facilitate peeing while standing up. But, few imaged it would be so ... sparkly.  You’ve got to see it!

Posted by Nuttshell on 10/02 at 02:45 PM in BloggingFunny StuffPersonalUnclassifiable
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Sunday, September 02, 2007

Taking the ‘Foot’ Out of Football

I’m certainly in agreement with this.  There is no reason, whatsoever, that this game should be called football when feet have hardly anything to do with the game.

Morning Edition, August 29, 2007 ·
By Frank Deford
Now that football season is upon us again, I would like to start off by saying: Let’s get the foot out of football. It’s time to call it, say, passball or smashball. Then we Americans could — like everyone else — call soccer by its proper name, football. Everybody would be much happier this way.

The trouble with our football is that the foot has gotten too prominent. If the feet in soccer were as accomplished as the feet in football, scores would be 9-8 or 12-11 and we’d all be watching Monday Night Soccer. But when I see an American football game now, I’m reminded of the old Fats Waller classic, “Your Feet’s Too Big.” What the football “feets” is doing is too big for the good of the game.

Posted by SPN on 09/02 at 02:14 PM in BloggingPersonalSports
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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Chandra Leigh Brown, brain injury survivor, is interviewed by Fran Briggs

Chandra, a contributor to this website was recently interviewed by Club Drug about her struggle with her physical limitations imposed on her by a drunk driver and the drug-pushers that masquerade as physicians.

Visit for the full uplifting interview.

Chandra Leigh Brown is a woman who lives a life of dedication and perseverance as she fights for the rights of the disabled, and differently-abled. Following a horrendous car accident where she was ejected through her car’s window, Brown suffered multiple fractures and a severe brain injury. Left on life support, she was not expected to live. But it was while she was still unconscious that Brown says that she was determined to “go back” because she still had things to do. Chandra eventually completed three years of physical and cognitive therapy (which included relearning the alphabet and how to tie her shoes). While it’s true that she has not fully recovered from the extent of her injuries,

She speaks with a clear, calm, and upbeat voice, and enjoys working out three days a week. Her personal nature includes a heightened sense of humor, and an infectious smile and laugh.

Passionate and determinedly inspirational, Chandra Brown is devoted to serving disadvantage youth and women. She is also an advocate for social change having adopted a resolve to help disabled individuals worldwide with their plight for living in a more equitable society.

I sat down with the Chandra Leigh Brown and interviewed her as part of the OnTheMove Interview series. We talked about her accident, her road to recovery, how she became the International Chairperson for Disabled Individuals for the Oprah Winfrey for Nobel Peace Prize Fan club, and

Fran Briggs: Good morning, Chandra. Thank you for taking the time to speak with us today.

Chandra Brown: You are welcome. And, thank you for inviting me.

FB: May 3, 2002. Would you briefly describe the events of that day just prior to your accident?

CB: I woke up with the idea of going to visit my mother. I was living in Jonesboro, Georgia and my mother lived in Mableton, Georgia; it’s about a 40 minute drive. I went to the gas station to fill up my car and proceeded out of the parking lot after I filled the tank. And, that’s all I remember.

Posted by SPN on 08/25 at 03:02 PM in BloggingReligion / SpritualityPersonal
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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Disneyland again.

Only this time I went as a father and a husband instead of a single man or child.  I’ll tell you one thing, those Teacups will make you sick if you spin them too fast.  My daughter would disagree.  View all of the pictures on the next page.

Posted by SPN on 06/28 at 09:21 AM in Personal
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Monday, May 14, 2007

Sura Aminata Nuttall

Her pictures are located here.

Here is the picture taken by the hospital.

Posted by SPN on 05/14 at 03:34 PM in Personal
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Friday, December 22, 2006

But, You Didn’t See Me

I saw you, hug your purse closer to you in the grocery store line.
But, you didn’t see me, put an extra $10 in the collection plate last Sunday.

I saw you, pull your child closer when we passed each other on the sidewalk.
But, you didn’t see me, playing Santa at the local mall.

I saw you, change your mind about going into the restaurant.
But, you didn’t see me, attending a meeting to raise more money for the hurricane relief.

I saw you, roll up your window and shake your head when I drove by.
But, you didn’t see me, driving behind you when you flicked your cigarette butt out the car window.

I saw you, frown at me when I smiled at your children.
But, you didn’t see me, when I took time off from work to run toys to the homeless.

I saw you, stare at my long hair.
But, you didn’t see me, and my friends cut ten inches off for Locks of Love.

I saw you, roll your eyes at our leather coats and gloves.
But, you didn’t see me, and my brothers donate our old coats and gloves to those that had none.

I saw you, look in fright at my tattoos.
But, you didn’t see me, cry as my children were born and have their name written over and in my heart.

I saw you, change lanes while rushing off to go somewhere.
But, you didn’t see me, going home to be with my family.

I saw you, complain about how loud and noisy our bikes can be.
But, you didn’t see me, when you were changing the CD and drifted into my lane.

I saw you, yelling at your kids in the car.
But, you didn’t see me, pat my child’s hands, knowing he was safe behind me.

I saw you, reading the newspaper or map as you drove down the road.
But, you didn’t see me, squeeze my wife’s leg when she told me to take the next turn.

I saw you, race down the road in the rain.
But, you didn’t see me, get soaked to the skin so my son could have the car to go on his date.

I saw you, run the yellow light just to save a few minutes of time.
But, you didn’t see me, trying to turn right.

I saw you, cut me off because you needed to be in the lane I was in.
But, you didn’t see me, leave the road.

I saw you, waiting impatiently for my friends to pass.
But, you didn’t see me. I wasn’t there.

I saw you, go home to your family.
But, you didn’t see me. Because, I died that day you cut me off.

I was just a biker,.....
A person with friends and a family.


Please, take the extra second to look for motorcycles. We have a hard enough time trying to stay alive avoiding drunk drivers and old people who can’t see a Mack truck, let alone a bike; people talking on phones and amusing themselves with other distractions.

Posted by SPN on 12/22 at 09:57 AM in Personal
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Friday, June 23, 2006

What is wrong with me?

When I took my strength test with the United Stated Marine Corps waaay back in ‘83, I was able to do nine pullups in a row.  A few months ago and many pounds since, I tested myself with pullups.  I was only able to do five pullups!  I am almost 70 pounds heavier than I was when I was 17 years old.  I’ve also not been as physically active as I had been in high school.

I’ve been doing pullups at least once or twice a week since that first devastating day a few months back and yesterday, I am proud to report, I did 13 pullups.  So, it looks like I am either getting stronger or I have better technique.

My highest number of pullups while in boot camp was 19.  The USMC physical fitness test gives the maximum score for 20 pullups, so I am happy that I was able to do 19.  Some of you might be disappointed with 19 pullups.  So what!

I’ll let you know if I ever make it to 20.

Oh yeah, I’ve been riding my bike to work too.  I want my weight to dip below 200 pounds this year.

Posted by SPN on 06/23 at 09:14 AM in Personal
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